This weeks confession: My Wii has been switched on a maximum of 3 times in the last 12 months.
I touched on this topic a few weeks ago in my loss of control article, but I felt that I should elaborate a little further. I can count on one hand all the times I have even switched on my Wii, the last time was in July, just before I started writing for Platform Nation. The reason for the sudden interest in my Wii? My Xbox had died, and even then I played a little of Zelda quickly switched it off and brushed off my old PS2 and went back to Final Fantasy X.
So why the apathy for this expensive (albeit the cheapest of the 3 consoles) piece of technology? The answer is simple boredom. I like the idea of motion controls and would probably play an immerse motion controlled game in an arcade (if such thing exists) but the novelty of pointing a piece of plastic at my TV screen at home wares off very quickly. There are some games that are good for short bursts of fun, House of the Dead Overkill for example, but I just can’t make myself sit down and play it for any length of time. I suppose this could be seen as a blessing, after all a 6 hour Waggle game might take weeks to complete as either I get extremely uncomfortable holding the Wiimote and Nunchuck or I simple lose interest in the game(maybe I have ADD or something)
It’s a shame really, my expectations of boredom from my Wii means although I own Super Mario Galaxy, Zelda, Metroid and most the AAA titles that were released for the Wii I haven’t completed most, some haven’t even left the cellophane packing that they came in. It’s a shame that good titles are being lost in the mounds of shovel-ware that has been released but If you live by the motion controlled sword, you’ll die with the motion control sword.
I thought I was in the minority with this viewpoint, but the fact that Nintendo actually made a loss in the first quarter of the year shows I am not alone, either that or everyone on the planet who wants a Wii owns a Wii. Personally, I know there will be a reprieve for my Wii very soon with Epic Mickey’s release being almost upon us, although before I even play the game I long for a version with a decent control system.
Perhaps now that Sony and Microsoft have launched their own versions of motion control and (it could be argued) have mastered traditional controls Nintendo will finally release what we have all been waiting asking if not begging for. So Nintendo my message is clear, Microsoft and Sony are jumping on your bandwagon, jump on their release WiiHD with a proper controller.